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Open Source North 2015

OSNThis weekend I was able to join what I expect will be the 1st annual Open Source North conference. I gave a talk on Using Open Source to Transform Your Organization. I wasn’t able to stay for the entire day but the event was very well run, good lineup of speakers and very good attendance as well.

I’m hoping they plan to organize this again next year, I can definitely see this growing into a substantial event.

Journaling Habit

For years I’ve thought it would be great to keep a daily journal. I bought Day One for iOS and my Mac. But I’ve never been consistent. About a month ago I changed tacts. Hit 13 days in a row so far. 

S’mores Selfie (Oct 2015)

Family (Sept 2015)

Having fun at the Renaissance Festival!

Lunar Eclipse 2015

We had a fun night in our neighborhood tonight watching the lunar eclipse with a number of our neighbors. I got out the 70-200/f2.8L and put the 2x doubler on it to see what I could capture on my camera. Really brings the red out.

Namecheap Leaks Password in Security Notification

Please make sure to see UPDATE section at end of this post.

This isn’t good at all. I have security notification alerts enabled in Namecheap because I want to know when something is changed related to my domains, just to make sure I’m always the one that initiated it. Today I changed my password and got this:

Activity Notification
Dear Jamie Thingelstad,

There was some activity in your namecheap account. Information on what
type of change occurred is available below.

Notification For     : PASSWORD
Date                 : 9/27/2015 4:15:28 PM  
IP Address           :
Username             : my-username
Domain (if relevant) : N/A

Old Details

New Details
Additional Information



If you no longer wish to receive notifications, you can login to your
Namecheap account and disable notifications in the Modify Profile >
Security Settings page. If you have any questions, please contact us.

I’ve replaced the passwords that were in the email because they were my passwords, sent in plaintext, in email. This is pretty much terrible.

  1. Of course email isn’t encrypted so now anyone that has sniffed that email knows my password, and my username is handily referenced as well (I changed it as well in this copy).
  2. This is evidence that Namecheap is storing my password in plaintext somewhere. They should only be storing the hash of it using something smart to protect it. Double bad!

The only good news is I have the optional two-factor authentication enabled that uses an SMS message to my phone so I at least have that to fall back on but this is a terrible security practice that I’m shocked Namecheap is doing.

Please fix this immediately!

PS: After fixing this, can we get a real two-factor solution instead of SMS?

UPDATE (Sept 28):

Within minutes of sharing this post on Twitter I got a response from @Namecheap.

and 17 minutes after that they confirmed that they fixed this.

Given how fast they fixed it I have to assume that what they fixed was issue #1, that they are suppressing the email notification for “PASSWORD” events. That is good and will keep the password from leaking into email, however I would really like to know if they are storing passwords in plaintext somewhere. It should be impossible for a service to tell you what your password is, they should only know some form of a hash derived from your password.

First day of Kindergarten

Tyler finished his first day of kindergarten! He, Tammy and I all made it through just fine. He had a great day and got lucky to have a ton of his friends in his class. Feels a little weird having both kids in school now.

Google+ Profile Deleted

Was fun to do this one.

See ya Reddit

I’ve never been an active user of Reddit. I have an account because I tend to make accounts at websites I go to. I deleted it today. All the controversy at Reddit got me thinking more about this site. Relevant links:

2015 MN Air Spectacular

We went to the 2015 Minnesota Air Spectacular today in Mankato and had a great time watching 5 hours of air performances. It was a little hot and we were in the sun the whole time but it was still awesome. Here are some of my pictures from the day.

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